The Ocean CleanUp

January 2015

We are made of water

The average human adult male is approximately 65% water

We are made of water. The average human adult male is approximately 65% water, and newborns 73%! About 71%of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5% of all Earth’s water.

Earth and therefore we ourselves are at big risk. Tones of rubbish and waste are tossed into the sea every day.

Images like the one taken by Zak Noyle in Java Indonesia, were the Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya tried to surf in garbage-filled water, are sad, very sad. Our water is sick. Indonesia is one of the dirtiest countries in the world, together with China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. This is nothing new for us here in Europe, either, but the scale of the problem and the efforts made to try to repair the damage are quite different.

Be water my friend

If you are interested in the magnitude of the problem I would recommend watching Plastic Paradise or Garbage Island and finding out more about The Ocean Cleanup Foundation.

The project, founded by the Dutchman Boyan Slat, aims to clean up the  infamous ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ by using floating barriers which, helped by the ocean’s natural currents, concentrate and collect plastic.

The team has grown through the years: the 19-year -old Boyan Slat who founded the project has grown up and is now supported by team of approximately 100 people.

Visit The Ocean Cleanup website to find out more about this project, provide support and donate money, join the team as a volunteer or simply share the info as I’m doing now.

As Bruce Lee said: Be water my friend (and I would add: help to keep it clean)